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Myanmar Culture and Beach 15 Days / 14 Nights

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Myanmar Culture and Beach 15 Days / 14 Nights

- Yangon and its colonial architecture, Bagan and its mysterious forest of temples, Mandalay and its historical heritage and finally the Inle Lake and its unique local life. - Beach retreat in Ngapaly, away from mass-tourism.Diversity of means of transportation: tuk-tuk, pirogue, domestic flight, coach, carriage, small boat, walking… - Diversity of activities: visits of local markets, cultural tours, tasting of local delicacies, trekking, visit of many temples and pagodas. - Well-chosen hotels downtown and an unforgettable night in a monastery. - English speaking tour guides, skilled in group management.

DAY 1

MANDALAY WELCOME

Greeting at the airport by your english-speaking guide and transfer to the city. Your day will begin with Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the Pagoda called 'big marble Buddha', a giant Buddha carved in a block of marble who has required the work of 10,000 men to carry him to the river bank. Then visit of the impressive Shwenandaw monastery ("golden monastery"), the last structure of the Royal Palace to have survived from the 19th century, famous for its wood carvings... Short break from the visits to check-in at the hotel (room available from 2pm). Then visit of the Mahamuni Pagoda with its highly revered Buddha, entirely covered in gold leaf filed by devotees over the centuries. Followed by the visit of a craft workshops in Mandalay, which is known to be the finest in the country: wood sculpture, Kalaga tapestries, gold leaf manufacture. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 2

AROUND MANDALAY

You will begin the day with a stroll in the big morning market nearby the city center. Along with your guide you will explore the numerous food stalls filled with fruits, vegetables, spices, meat and many other eatables. Stop for a cup of Myanmar milk tea in a local tea shop, favorite activity of locals. Crossing the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. With 600 pagodas and ivory monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered as the spiritual center of Myanmar and claims to be the residence of nearly 3,000 monks. You will visit pagodas Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shin Nan Pin Gyaing. Then road towards a small village known for its potters, using ancestral technics. The road towards Kan Daw village where you will be able to witness the production of longyis and other textils. Tea tasting with a local family before heading to Amarapura. Next stop, Amarapura previously royal capital of Myanmar. Start with the Mahagandayon monastery, home of more than a thousand young monks. You will then head towards the famous U Bein bridge, the longest teck bridge in the world constructed in 1782. Enjoy the very mystic sunset at the bridge. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Mandalay. Read more

MANDALAY
DAY 3

MANDALAY - MONYWA

Road towards Monywa, via an interesting road for around 3,5 hours. On the way you will stop at an enormous Buddhist pagoda holding more than 500 000 statues of Lord Buddha. Visit of the Boditahtaung pagoda, where you will see the biggest statue of Buddha, 100 meters long and 27 meters high. In the afternoon, you will get to Po Win Taung. This incredible structure composed of 947 caves carved in the mountain holds an incredible collection of Buddhist mural paintings and statues. Then road towards Shwe Ba Taung, where you will stroll around the area where many temples and monasteries are carved directly in the mountain. Road towards your hotel for a good night of sleep. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Monywa. Read more

MONYWA
DAY 4

MONYWA - PAKKOKHU - BAGAN

Departure from Monywa in the morning along a small road along the river. This itinerary is rarely used by travelers, so you will be able to witness the genuine countryside life of Myanmar, authentic villages, farmers at work, untouched sceneries… Stop in a village to learn about the local way of life. Back on the road towards Pakokku, upon arrival get on a boat for a trip on the river towards Bagan. If there is enouth time, the boat will stop at the Kyauk Gu U Min temple. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 5

BAGAN

Welcome to Bagan, known to be one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. When Bagan was the center of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th century, monarchs have built numerous stupas and pagodas, most of them are still present on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The splendor of Bagan with over 2000 temples in red brick that rise from a desert plain, representing size of Manhattan Island, will be one of the highlights of any trip to Myanmar.Head to a high point overlooking the plain of Bagan. From here, you can discover the Ananda Temple, one of the highest in Bagan. We will ensure that you arrive there before the majority of visitors, allowing you to enjoy in peace the splendor of the temple. You will then continue your trip in the valley dotted with temples of different architectural styles. Life haven’t stopped along the temples and you will witness many families and farmer executing daily activities. Visit of a lacquer workshop in order to discover the traditional techniques leading to one of the most popular artisanal product of the country. Late afternoon horse carriage ride throughout the area and its temples. Visit of Thatbyinnyu temple, the highest in the area, Dhammayangyi temple and its surprising patchwork of bricks and finish with the Sulamani temple for sunset. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Bagan. Read more

BAGAN
DAY 6

BAGAN

After breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo a lively market where locals come every day to exchange fresh produce and other goods. Then, begin your discovery with a visit to the famous Shwezigon pagoda built in 11th century by King Anawrahta. Then departure to a small village via dusty roads and shady paths lined with temples and monasteries. Explore the village to discover the lifestyle of the Bagan’s people. You will continue to discover less known monuments and protected from mass of tourists, it according to your wishes for the rest of the morning. If you want, a short excursion can be organized to visit a small series of monuments that will offer you a unique perspective of Bagan. Get to the countryside of Bagan and more specifically to Minnanthu village, one of the less visited areas of Bagan. There you will discover temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya, all very different from each other. You will make a stop at the Kyat Kan cave monastery which is a spot of high spirit for meditation. Road towards Myinkaba village for a walk and to meet local craftsmen, memorable meeting with the locals that will help you understand the culture. You will then visit the Gu Byaukgyi temple and its beautiful mural paintings along with Nan Paya temple, one of the most ancient in the area. The nearby Myazedi stupa will surprise you as it has carvings in 4 different local languages, which is why it is known as the “local Rosetta stone”. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Bagan. Read more

Bagan
DAY 7

BAGAN - KALAW

Road towards Kalaw, a 6 hour journey across small mountain roads along local villages and countryside. Many stops along the way to capture the mind-blowing sceneries. Kalaw is an ancient climatic station where British officers came to escape the heat of the valley. Arrival to Kalaw in the afternoon and time at leisure to stroll in the charming little mountain town. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Kalaw. Read more

KALAW
DAY 8

KALAW - WAR GYU MYAUNG

Aftern an early breakfast, transfer towards Tha Yet Pu village which will be your departure point for your 2 days trek towards Inle Lake. The first hour of walking will lead you to Kan Par Ni village which is essentially on flat land. You will stop in the village for a cup of tea and then head to Su Pan Inn village where you will enjoy lunch at a local house or at the monastery. Pursuit of the trek towards Chaung Char village, from there the way to Wa Gyi Myaung will get steep but the rewards you will get upon arrival is worth it. Wa Gyi Myaung is a peaceful little village offering outstanding views on the surroundings. Time in the village at leisure for own discoveries, warm encounters with the locals. Dinner in a local house or at the monastery. Homestay night either in the monastery or in a local home. Read more

WAR GYU MYAUNG
DAY 9

WAR GYI MYAUNG - KHAUNG DINE

Magical wake up in this little village that seems away from everything and after breakfast start walking towards Inle Lake. You will go through rice fields and hilly valleys to finish at Khaung Daine village from where you will get on a boat that will get you to your hotel on the lake. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night on the lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 10

INLE LAKE

After breakfast you will visit the Lake market (closed the days of new moon and full moon). Every day, the inhabitants of the lake and members of the surrounding tribes attend the market exchange goods. Boat trip to reach and visit the main sites of Inle Lake. You will be astonished by the calm waters of the lake and the beautiful landscape of mountains in the background. Along the way you will pass by several lakeside villages of Intha, with the opportunity to observe their amazing floating gardens and unique style of Inle fishermen who row standing with one leg. Visit of Nga Hpe Chaung monastery and its collection of statues of Buddha. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake that houses five sacred Buddha images covered with gold leaf. You will also discover the varied crafts of Inle, visiting the village of Inpawkhone known for its weaving lotus fibers, cheroots workshop (Burmese cigars), or silver workshop. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night on the lake. Read more

INLE LAKE
DAY 11

INLE LAKE - HEHO flight NGAP

Transfer towards Heho airport for your flight towards Thandwe. Arrival in Thandwe and greeting by a member of the staff of your resort. Check-in at your sea side resort in Ngapali and time at leisure to enjoy the beach. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Ngapali.

Ngapali
DAY 12

NGAPALI BEACH (NO GUIDE)

Time at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the resort and the beach. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night In Ngapali.

Ngapali
DAY 13

NGAPALI BEACH flight YANGON

Transfer towards the airport for your flight towards Yangon. Arrival in Yangon and transfer directly to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night in Yangon.

Yangon
DAY 14

YANGON

Walk on the Mahanbandola Street where the Immanuel Baptist Church, built in 1830, is located. Continuing to walk through narrow streets teeming with markets and food stalls. Through the street named Pansodan, you will have the opportunity to observe many shops which sell used books and photocopied books before heading to the Supreme Court, the imposing offices of the Inland Water Transport and the even more sumptuous headquarters of the Myanma Port Authorityavant. Your next stop will be below of the majestic Strand Hotel. Pursuit of your journey on Strand Road, you will discover the Customs House and the courthouse, an impressive building with columns. Back to the north of the city on Bank Street that will bring you on Sule Pagoda Road where you can consult one of the many “fortune tellers” who shelter under trees. Photo stop at Sule Pagoda, a symbol of the city, built 2,000 years ago. Continuing to Mahanbandoola Road crossing two lively districts: Chinatown and Little India. Exploring Golden Street shops of Shwe Bontha Street and take a look at the synagogue Moseh Yeshua on 26th Street. When you will be on Theingyi Zei market, please do not hesitate to discover the cures of Chinese traditional medicine. Then direction Anawratha Road which brings you to Sri Kali temple, the most colorful Hindu temples in Yangon. Grab a cup of tea in a local tea shop and road towards the Kyaukhtatgyi pagoda that holds a reclining Buddha of 70 meters. Then towards the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park, popular among locals, especially early in the morning and during sunset. From the shore you can admire the Karaweik Palace, a replica of a royal boat, before visiting one of the holiest sites of the country: the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. The best time of day to visit is late in the afternoon when the last rays of sun decorate its gilded stupa and gives it a magical glow. At nightfall, visit Chinatown and its Chinese temple Khen Hock Keong with statues of dragons that guard the entrance. Change of scenery guaranteed! Taking the opportunity to explore the night market where vendors sell all kinds of fruits, vegetables and many other products. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Night in Yangon. Read more

Yangon
DAY 15

YANGON flight YOUR CITY

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to one of the most fascinating countries on earth. Transfer towards Yangon international airport without tour-guide. Check-in and boarding for your return flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location MANDALAY
Hotel YADANARBON
Day 4
Location Monywa
Hotel CHINDWIN
Day 5
Location Bagan
Day 8
Location DREAM VILLE
Hotel KALAW
Day 9
Location WAR GYI MYAUNG
Hotel MONASTERY (Homestay)
Day 10
Location INLE LAKE
Day 12
Location NGAPALI BEACH
Hotel THANDE BEACH
Day 14
Location YANGON
Hotel RENO
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location MANDALAY
Day 4
Location MONYWA
Hotel WIN UNITY
Day 5
Location BAGAN
Day 8
Location KALAW
Day 9
Location WAR GYI MYAUNG
Hotel MONASTERY (Homestay)
Day 11
Location INLE LAKE
Day 12
Location NGAPALI BEACH
Day 14
Location YANGON

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • Domestic flights

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Marie Lampreia, France

Les plus : Le voyage c'est aussi ceux qui vous permettent de comprendre le pays et les gens avec lesquels vous êtes. De ce point de vue notre guide et notre chauffeur ont été parfaits. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. La ville de Sapa, comme hors du temps, entre Annecy et Shangri Là. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Villages sympa. Les moins : Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. Nous avions emmené des petits cadeaux pour les populations rencontrées mais nous ne nous sommes pas sentis heureux de distribuer ainsi. Nous ne sommes pas certains que cela soit agréable pour les gens. Commentaire : 15 jours au départ d'Hanoi vers les montagnes et Sapa et retour par la baie d'Halong maritime puis la terrestre. Nous avons aimé les grandes 'balades' dans la nature, les rencontres avec les habitants dans les villages, les superbes paysages. Nous avons eu la chance de participer à une fête dans un village. Nous avons dansé autour du feu et sauté en rythme au dessus des bambous. C'était gai et bon enfant. La balade sur le lac Thac Ba a été un vrai bonheur. Fruit d'un barrage hydraulique, le lac est d'une grande beauté avec ses ilots plantés et ses pêcheurs. Dépêchez vous d'y aller avant qu'il ne devienne aussi fréquenté d'Halong ! Les distances ne sont pas très grandes dans le nord, mais le temps pour les parcourir est très grand : 5 heures pour 130 km ! Des routes très difficiles et pas mal de fatigue. Heureusement voiture climatisée ;-) . La baie d'Halong restera un souvenir un peu mitigé : que des bateaux touristiques, aucune jonque et peu de pêcheurs. Heureusement nous avons eu un très beau temps et un beau coucher (et lever) de soleil. La navigation au petit matin est plus belle que celle du soir. Elle est moins encombrée. La baie d'Halong terrestre est également un beau souvenir, plus calme que la baie maritime et très impressionnante aussi. Ici les villages sont moins austères. Nous avons pris le temps de comprendre l'histoire, d'écouter et d'aimer ce pays. Read more

Faustine Auclain, France

Les plus : Le voyage a été conforme à mon attente, varié,authentique,proche des habitants qui sont très accueillants,les guides et les chauffeurs étaient de vrais professionnels. Les moins : Rien Commentaire : Tout s'est très bien passé, tout le monde était disponible,gentil,ponctuel. J'ai particulièrement apprécié la diversité du voyage,la cuisine vietnamienne,la qualité des hébergements en hôtel et chez l'habitant. Mes coups de cœur sont Angkor,Hoï An, le Nord et ses paysages,la baie d'Halong en jonque privée. Read more

Jean Marinier, France

Les plus : Ce que nous avons le plus aimé sont les paysages magnifiques et variés, la gentillesses des habitants, Les moins : Le moins serait peut-être la chaleur et la sur-fréquentation de la baie d'Halong. Commentaire : Pour nous il s'est agi d'un dépaysement total et s'est ce que nous en attendions. Nous avons été conquis par ce pays où les paysages sont grandioses, les habitants d'une gentillesse naturelle. Même si la vie est complètement différente de ce que l'on connaît en France, on s'y sent tout de suite très bien et sans aucun sentiment d'insécurité, bien au contraire. Quant à l'organisation, tout a été parfait et le programme établi a été respecté à la lettre, il faut dire que notre interlocuteur sur place, Quynh Anh, est extraordinaire, d'ailleurs nous avons souhaité la rencontrer en personne pour la remercier. Read more

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